Setting The Record Straight On Iowa’s Sex Education Classes

A guest post on the state’s sex education programs. My name is Natalie Harwood, and I am a health educator at Planned Parenthood. I work under a public grant called the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program (CAPP). Year after year, I see anti-abortion politicians in the Iowa legislature introduce legislation that would prevent Planned Parenthood from using CAPP and other public funds for sexual health education. There seem to be a lot of false assumptions about what Planned Parenthood teaches in sex education classes. I want to set the record straight about our programs. First, here is how Planned Parenthood […]

Marianne Williamson Returns To Iowa – Where She’ll Be

A sponsored guest piece from Marianne Williamson’s campaign. Presidential candidate and best-selling author Marianne Williamson will return to Iowa for five days of campaign events over the next two weeks. These will be her third and fourth visits to the state since declaring her candidacy. These next two trips will focus on the Central Iowa and Fairfield areas of the state. There will be two college campus visits, along with a meeting with the Asian & Latino Coalition. Williamson’s most recent Iowa visit was covered by Buzzfeed Politics. Read their full story here. An excerpt: Buzzfeed: “Here in the 21st […]

Which Republicans Top Iowa’s Extreme 16 Contest?

Progress Iowa released their ranking of Iowa Republicans’ Extreme 16 contest for the year, highlighting which elected officials have had the worst impact on Iowans. Following the Progress Iowa press release, Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) responded to his inclusion in Progress Iowa’s annual listing of the most extreme Iowans. Kaufmann wrote an email from his state legislative email address to Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic stating that, “I’ll add 3rd-rate comedian to your list of credentials right behind known liar and political hack.” Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Kaufmann: “If Rep. Kaufmann […]

John Delaney Can Unite Us Against Trump

A guest post from Joan Amos, recent chair of the Lucas County Democrats According to a Monmouth University poll from February 4, 2019, most Americans want to elect a new president who will put Donald Trump’s era of scandal and division behind us. That should be nothing new to most of us. But the poll also found that among Democrats, we want candidates who can defeat Donald Trump most of all – even if we don’t agree on all the issues. To defeat Donald Trump, we need a candidate who can unite the majority of us — Democrats, independents and […]

Joni Ernst Is Bad For Iowa Women

A guest post from Ashley Burns. Senator Joni Ernst is bad for Iowa women. Aside from being the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, she has done little to advance the progress of women in our state. In fact, Senator Ernst actively uses her legislative power against Iowa women and their families. Her numerous votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), her vote to seat Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh despite allegations of sexual assault, and her actions to defund Planned Parenthood only further hinder the progress women in Iowa have been trying to make. When the ACA […]

America Needs A Leader Who Can Bring Us Together

Guest post from State Representative Amy Nielsen of North Liberty on why she’s endorsing Cory Booker in the Iowa Caucus. This is the first state legislator endorsement in Iowa of the cycle. It’s been hard to watch the news over the last few years. It seems like every time the President speaks, it opens deeper and deeper wounds in our communities. Headline after headline underscores the hateful and divisive rhetoric that sadly seems to define our current political climate. Meanwhile, many of our friends and neighbors are getting left behind or caught up in a system that is set up […]

How Midwest Farmers Can Lead On Climate Change With Carbon Farming

A guest piece from Robert Leonard and Matt Russell. Robert Leonard is an anthropologist and radio host in Knoxville/Pella, Iowa. Matt Russell is executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light and co-owner of Coyote Run Farm in Lacona, Iowa. It’s been a tough year for farmers here in Iowa and across much of America. After several years of low commodity prices, President Donald Trump’s tariffs and partial government shutdown have rocked the markets. Only the largest of operations are making any money. Land prices are down, farm real estate listings are up, younger farmers are looking bankruptcy in the […]

Iowa Is Ready For Sherrod Brown To Run

Guest post from Nan Whaley, the mayor of Dayton, Ohio and the co-chair of the Committee to Draft Sherrod Brown for President 2020. She visited Iowa last week. When my friend Sherrod Brown was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, he joked that his new chamber was full of “99 people who wanted to be President.” Sherrod’s mindset has always been different – focused on the work at hand and the Ohioans he represents, not his advancing his own career. In the years since, Sherrod has pieced together an impressive string of accomplishments, much to the chagrin of […]

Why This Iowan Is Caucusing For John Delaney

A guest post from Paula Meyer of St. Ansgar, Iowa. She’s one of John Delaney’s Iowa campaign co-chairs. I first heard John Delaney speak in Washington, D.C. in 2013 about his ideas to create and fund an infrastructure bank that would pay for over $1 trillion of infrastructure without raising taxes. I came home and told my husband I had heard a leader with practical, innovative ideas to solve the intractable problems we face in American. I became a fan of John Delaney. In 2017 and again in 2018, we had the opportunity to host John Delaney in our home […]

How Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend Could Help Keep Me In Iowa

A guest post from Iowan Charlie Bell on why he’s supporting Andrew Yang for president. Peggy Whitson (the astronaut) once said, “I started out as a farm girl in Iowa, and I dreamed of being an astronaut and an explorer. And I made it.” Now, at first glance, this probably seems like it’s a wonderful thing and, in some aspects, it is. However, it also highlights an issue that has been haunting us in Iowa for years: brain drain. According to a 2015 article in the Des Moines Register, around 50 percent of the students graduating from Iowa State University […]